Sunday, July 4, 2010

Cottage Living

I had a hard time settling into what things were right for my pueblo style home until I finally realized I was living in a cottage.

There is a fair amount of space overall. But the old house had been added onto in a u-shape surrounding a court-yard, Santa Fe style. The rooms are small.

This one consideration solved so many decorating problems for me. Instead of trying to be like suburbia, we settled into our old world style home like it was sitting in some ancient village.

Lucky thing--because I love all the different interpretations of "cottage" so much! What you find here on the table is not much of what you see inside. My floral plates and linens are mostly reserved for bedrooms or patios. But a little goes a long way!

My pink cottage-ware tea pot and sugar and creamer stack in a tower.

My rose cup is from Germany with a Limoges saucer, and sits on yet a different Limoges pattern in the dinner plate.

I have a few very old garden trellises that I find for almost nothing, with missing parts, but with all of their CHARACTER intact. They make a good backdrop for a garden setting, and are easy to relocate wherever the mood strikes you.

Drape a couple of yards of vintage fabric over a chair and you can imagine you are in the English countryside!

Thanks so much for stopping by to my little corner of the world! Ciao! for now!


I'm linking up with The House in the Roses for Show Off Your Cottage Monday!
and Artful Affirmations and Martha's Favorites for Teacup Tuesday!


xinex said...

Your dishes are very adorable, so romantic. I love the roses and the colors...Christine

Shelia said...

I've so enjoyed seeing your pretty dishes and your vignettes! :)
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

GrannySue said...

How lovely. I had never thought of using a clear charger. I intend to steal this idea. Your plates are so pretty and the tables are just wonderful.



fitty's pinky rose cottage said...

Dear Jacqueline, this is my fave post of the day.. love the towering pink cottage teapot. never see one like yours.. must be so pretty in real life. and the plates are just beautiful! my fave too!.. We could never get bored with roses, don't we! teehee.. happy 4th and have a great day!

AshTreeCottage said...

I feel like your long lost sister, since we have so much in common. While I like all of the pics today, I especially like the glimpse of the old trellis. Thank you for the chance to see bits of your cottage this Monday!

Susan and Bentley

someplace in thyme said...

I like to think that no matter what the back drop is, we can reinvent ourselves to what ever the mood is. Your post is lovely, Char

Brenda@Cozy Little House said...

I absolutely love the way you decorate. Your style is inimitable. I live in a garden home. Not exactly a "cottage" either. But it's what you do with it that counts in my book. And you've done so much with yours!

Debra@Common Ground said...

I have such a "thing" for those little cottage tea pots and sets. I've never seen one that stacks, so now I'm seriously on the lookout. Just so sweet and relaxing. I love your garden and tablesettings!

Victorian1885 said...

Good afternoon
Thank you for visiting me today..
I love all of your Cottage pink and pretty!
Have a great week!


Petite Michelle Louise said...

first of all..I LOVE your new header! simply magnifique! "memere" had one of those cottage-ware stacker sets. wonder whatever happend to them? Very sweet!

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble said...

Goodness!! What a charming post!! Everything is so delightful and I just oohed and awed while reading!!


Diane said...

Hi there
I just found your blog I think and really really like it! Love your latest post too!
I made a link to your blog. Hope you don't mind. If you would like for me to remove it just let me know.

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

So pretty! Love that stacking teapot, sugar/creamer. laurie

Martha's Favorites said...

Hi: What a great choice. Your home and style is beautiful. I love it all. I like how you mix and match. One of my favorite things to do. Wow! Have a wonderful week. Blessings, Martha

Princesa Nadie said...

Meeting you has been a pleasure.Would you like a cup of tea?

Appleshoe said...

Your teapot was absolutely adorable and then I scrolled down and saw that it stacked into a whole building! It made me smile; I must find one now. This just brightened my whole day up. Thank you. Take care.

♥ Sonny ♥ said...

Love the teapot houses.. so cute~!!


~ ~ Ahrisha ~ ~ said...

Hello Jackqueline~ ~ ~It is a bit of a delime isn't it? What style should I move forward with? You have done a lovely job and I look forward to more posts as this was my first visit here. I live in a bi-level decorated in heavy Victorial by the previous owner. Loving the cottage look as I do I am attempting to lighten the hand of the house thus painted my furniture white. I call it a cottage even though the exterior is not. Surprise! Enjoyed my visit.
~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

Diane said...

How pretty everything looks!!!

Snap said...

I love your cottage decor! Wonderful hints. The stacking cottage teapot set ... the cats pajamas!!! ; D ;D ;D

Brenda-shabbycatsandroses said...

Hello :) Everything looks so beautiful! Love all your pretty rose china pieces, and especially the teapot stacker! A beautiful post!!

Happy Teacup Tuesday!

Warmest hugs, Brenda

Kathy said...

This is beautiful! You have a knack for vignettes!
Happy Day,

Tina Eudora said...

I love your mix and match style it is so warm and homey. And that cottage tower is too sweet, I love it! Sounds like you have a very cozy cottage....
Tina xo

Creative Grammie said...

That is a gorgeous teapot, and pink!
Love your decorating choice!
Thank you for a lovely teatime visit.

Terri said...

You have style! Your cup is beautiful as well as your so wonderful tea pot (with creamer and sugar)! I love how you mix your plates and cups too.
Thank you so much for sharing with us today.

parTea lady said...

Your cottage style is great. I love the pretty china and linens. That stackable pink tea set is wonderful - I've never seen one like that.

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